pop culture

argosythrillfWith all the press he is getting, you would think that Pendejo-of-the-Century Donald Trump had invented all the twisted tales of Mexicans floating on the interwebs.

But our pasty-faced, combover fatboy is not the first and not the last of the foolios who will get rich (and famous) for spouting hate-laced bon mots on the hygiene, sexual practices, and criminality of Mexicans or any other Latina/o for that matter.

Here, in some graphics from the 30s, we see some early 20th Century meditations on Latina/o/Hispanic subjectivities from the pages of Argosy Weekly.

As you can see, pulp magazine editors and illustrators were not ethnographers and whether the subjects depicted are Spanish, Argentine, or Mexican (or Italian — Sylvester Stallone?) is impossible to determine — though I am pretty sure the Buzzard Bait issue features some prehistoric Califas bandidos, and Señor Flatfoot’s “pampas” rogues look like they stepped out of the Mexico conjured in John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (which had not been made yet! Time travelers?) [Mas…]

zapcomicstopOne of the peculiarities of my tendencies when it comes to semiotic hoardings, as you well know, are cameos by Latinas/os in mainstream American media artifacts.

Now Zap Comics were anything but the mainstream back in the day, but they have, over time, entered the effluvial, miasmic flow of pop culture leavings that typify a certain moment, a certain groovy time in American cultural history.

So it is that I chanced upon this cover at the REMARKABLE site, The Golden Age Site. [Mas…]

indiantooIf you’ve got to dance to keep from cryin’ — well then, dance to I’m an Indian, too! by the 1491s.  All the kool kids are doing it!

Careful listeners will note actual Native Americans cracking jokes with stereotypical Indian names like “Running Nose,” the same jokes that offended the sensitive extras on Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous Six movie set.   [Mas…]

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wondairfulI love it when my vocation and avocation converge as they do in this wonderful comic installment of Wonder Woman from the one and only Pappy’s Golden Age Comic Blogzine. Pappy explains:

This delightfully oddball tale is set in Mexico with a beautiful eight-foot-tall señorita, bandits with bandoleros, Wonder Woman’s invisible plane, chains, bondage, and even Wonder Woman in bare feet walking over hot coals. Wow.

This Mexican melange is drawn by H.G. Peter, and is scanned from Sensation Comics #45 (1945).

An illustrator and lover of classic comics and a curator of artifacts focused on constructions of “Mexicans” in U.S. mass culture, rarely do I chance upon an artifact that blends these worlds (not to mention my not-so-secret fetish for fantastically strong women!)

Here’s a page from the issue featuring bandit “Mexicans,” Wonder Woman, freakish “Marya the Amazon maid” y mucho mas more [click to enlarge.] [Mas…]

spicy640Bill “Memo” Nericcio, author, professor at San Diego State University and proprietor of the Tex[t]-Mex Gallery Blog, collects representations of Mexican-Americans in pop culture.

He just posted a set of scanned 1936-37 covers from pulp fiction magazine Spicy Western Stories and its siblings that all exploit the same stereotype — the leering (ugly) (brown) bandido and the (scantily-clad) (white) chica/victim in distress. Hate much?

The image above is just one slice of the four covers Memo found; the big images of all four are below (click to enlarge):

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When it comes to Hispanic Heritage, there’s nothing like Ye Olde Mexicanne Hatte Dance. And it’s so nice to have a complete dance band hanging around the old adobe!

Quickdraw McGraw El Kabong saves the day and Popeye El Marinero goes to Mexico, next, on POCHO: [Mas…]


Today the names Smaug and Thorin Oakenshield will enter American pop culture. Dwarves rambling on a reconquista while Gollum plays riddles will reach a new audience because Peter Jackson filmed the nerd classic, The Hobbit — prequel to Lord of the Rings.

Film has more impact than the written word in today’s society and this version will reach a greater number of people than J.R.R. Tolkien’s book ever will. I am overjoyed that this classic will reach a greater number of gente, but I am filled with sadness that a child’s first encounter with The Hobbit will be in a loud theater instead of a quiet library.

Regardless, I look forward seeing my mental images from the book acted out in the big screen. And remembering the hours reading the book, which played a monumental role in my becoming Eres Nerd. [Mas…]

(PNS reporting from BURBANK) Now that an embarrassed Disney has explained that the animated character Princess Sofia the First is NOT a Latina princess, the studio was quick to announce that a real Latina princess is in the works, this time for a feature-length film.

Princess Malinche will be the heroine of Disney’s next animated film, due for release in the summer of 2014, according to a statement issued today.

The tentative cast already includes Catherine Zeta Jones as the voice of Malinche, Justin Bieber as Cortés and Paul Rodriguez as Fray Xicken.

The story of Malinche follows her idyllic upbringing in the then-Aztec empire in what is now Mexico during the early 1500s to her whirlwind romance with Spaniard Hernán Cortés, and finally to the epic drowning of her own children in the river. [Mas…]

The Gap cancels entire ‘Final Solution’ line of t-shirts

by Especial Correspondents October 22, 2012 El Now
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(PNS reporting from NEW YORK CITY) After the public outcry sparked by its “Manifest Destiny” t-shirt, the Gap is now cancelling its entire line of t-shirts in what was to be their signature “Final Solution” collection. “Guess people aren’t as wild about genocide as we had hoped,” a Gap insider told PNS, “which is a […]

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Hispanic Heritage Videos: Mexican Hat Dance, El Kabong, Popeye

by CISCO YBERRA September 22, 2012 Cultura
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K hat dance! It’s so nice to have a complete dance band hanging around the old adobe. Quickdraw McGraw El Kabong saves the day and Popeye El Marinero goes to Mexico, next, on POCHO:

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month? Money won’t buy you love

by Elise Roedenbeck September 17, 2012 Cultura
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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Break out a novelty sombrero and a bottle of Patron, because like a taco smothered in salsa, heritage is waay more palpable when it’s smothered in consumerism… I often encounter people who don’t understand why I identify as Hispanic. I’ve given it a lot of thought and I think it comes […]

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Cholas turning Japanese? We really think so! Meet the J-Cholas (photos)

by SEÑOR BLACKWELL September 7, 2012 Cultura
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Yakuza lowriders? Check. Spanish Crip-walking cholo wannabes? Check. Good ole boy Southern Comfort luchador-looking surf rockers? Check. Face it, brown is the new black. Today’s example? Japanese cholas!

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Luke Torres: The Mexican Brady Bunch and other shows (video)

by RIP TOM DAVIS July 20, 2012 Cultura
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The shortage of Mexican-American shows and role models on television is an ongoing issue, but Luke Torres has a solution: Here’s the story, of a man named Sanchez, who was living with six kids in a car. All of them were selling fruit like their father…

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The Adventures of MR. POCHO: A movie for my people

by Lalo Alcaraz February 26, 2012 Cartoons
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MR. POCHO has a dream: One day Hollywood will make a movie that reflects the struggle of my people, and it goes something like this… Here’s a close up of his dream:

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